By Kevin Collison
VanTrust Real Estate will implode the 10-story tower that formerly housed CenturyLink southeast of I-435 and Nall Avenue next month to make way for a new office development.
The 165,000 square-foot tower at 5454 W. 110th St. in Overland Park is one of two vacant buildings built there in 1972 to house the headquarters of Embarq and was later occupied by CenturyLink. CenturyLink relocated its offices to the New Century Air Center in 2014.
The conventional demolition of the other four-story, 67,000 square-foot building on the site already is underway, said Richard Muller, executive vice president, of VanTrust. The former CenturyLink tower will be imploded in mid-January.
Implosion is a rarely used demolition technique that uses strategically placed explosives to detonate simultaneously and bring a building down in a relatively neat pile.
VanTrust bought the property in 2014 and has been marketing it as Overland One.
Muller was at the Overland Park Planning Commission meeting Monday to make a presentation on the new office project that VanTrust plans to develop on the 14.5-acre property after the two existing buildings are razed.
It calls for three office buildings, one four-story and two five-story, totaling 355,000 square feet to be built on the site. Muller said construction is expected to begin this spring.
While no tenants have been identified, Muller said the high-profile location of the development, near I-435 at Nall Avenue, should prove very attractive to a potential headquarters or other project.
“It’s a phenomenal site, a great location with great highway access,” Muller said. “It’s perfect for a corporate headquarters site.”
The planing commission unanimously approved a preliminary development plan for the site. The final plan will be presented at the commission’s meeting in January.